Welsh amateur champ to be named, sent to Germany

Details for the Welsh Amateur Poker Championship were released today and it looks as though the debate will be settled, the Welsh national title claimed, once and for all, at the Grosvenor Casino in Cardiff Feb. 24-25. Then the winner will be shipped off to Germany.

Not for anything malevolent, however, but to take on the best at the German stop on the European Poker Tour Season 3 (EPT3).

The field in the Welsh Amateur Poker Championship, the Amateur Poker Association & Tour's (APAT) third live event, will be capped at 180 players who will then compete vigorously for the Welsh national title.

But not just for the lofty heights of Welsh National Champion: they'll also receive a first prize of £3,500 and an $8,900 expenses-paid entry to the German leg of the EPT3 in March, courtesy of Tour sponsor PokerStars.com.

Entry is open exclusively to members of APAT, and tournament seats will be allocated in a couple of ways.

Ten seats will be available from two online satellites on PokerStars.com. $10+$1 tournaments will go on Jan. 21 and Jan. 23, with registration open 24 hours before.

The top five players in each satellite will win a guaranteed seat in Cardiff, plus the balance of available prize money for expenses. Five seats will also be available in a live satellite at the Grosvenor Casino in Cardiff on Jan. 25.

And 165 seats will be on sale at www.apat.com from Jan. 27 for £75 each, with 100% of entry fees going directly into the prize pool.

APAT's previous event, the United Kingdom Amateur Poker Championship, sold out 210 seats in a record 29 minutes.

"APAT has established itself," says APAT Chairman, Tony Kendall, "as the affordable proving ground for talented amateur players in the UK. We look forward to bringing our members to Cardiff for what should be an outstanding event, at an outstanding venue."

APAT memberships can be obtained online at www.apat.com for £10.00. Tournaments scheduled over the next six months include the Scottish, Irish, European and World Amateur Poker Championships.

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